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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by SolidOrange, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. SolidOrange

    SolidOrange Android Expert
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    I get an "SD Card Removed Unexpectedly" error at least once a week, but occasionally multiple times a day. This obviously messes up any file/app/widget with data stored on the SD card, and i must power down, remove the card manually, and reinsert it to get them working again. Sometimes that does not even work and it will take 3-4 times of physically removing the card to get it work. Is anyone else having this issue? Hopefully i can find a fix without having to call VZ, because i truly hate dealing with their customer service. yes, my phone is rooted, but that should have nothing to do with hardware issues. it has happened on every ROM i have ever used, including stock unrooted, sense based customs, and AOSP customs.

    i actually managed to get a good 'bolt on release day, and i don't want to deal with the horror stories i have heard about refurbs/replacements. any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  2. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

    On my MP3 player, which is an android device, I actually had the card pop out while in use. I had to reformat it before it would work properly. That may help you, best case would be the card itself is just failing and a formatting it could fix it. If that doesn't help I would suggest trying a different SD card before declaring it a issue with the phone itself. And rooting should have no effect on how the phone reads the SD so if it is a phone issue then I would suggest a revert to stock and getting a warranty replacement.
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  3. SolidOrange

    SolidOrange Android Expert
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    It has always been fully inserted when it happens as I have to push the card in order to for it to release. I have already tried reformatting but that didn't help. Guess the next step is trying a new card and seeing what happens. 32GB micros aren't exactly cheap though. :eek:
  4. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

    May I suggest a smaller card for the purpose of your testing. You can get a 8GB for less than $20 at walmart
  5. SpikedRed

    SpikedRed Newbie

    First, make sure you don't go out and buy an aftermarket SD card. Ie; one from an Ebayer shipping to you from China. I cannot stress this enough.

    Secondly, call HTC. Your SD card should in fact, have a warranty on it, much like your phone. I honestly can't remember who the manufacturer of the card is, but I know companies like SanDisk warranty their cards for five years.

    Finally, (and maybe this should actually be done first) you should take some Isopropyl Alcohol (91%) and a paper towel and just barely moisten the towel with some of the Alcohol. Wipe the goldfingers (seriously, that's what they're called) of the card with the towel and let dry. This shouldn't take any more than a minute. Be sure not to touch the goldfingers with your fingers at all afterward. The residue/oils from your body can in fact, damage the connections to the card, including ESD (electrostatic discharge) from your body. Also, take a can of air and take a few short quick blasts of the air into the area where the SD card goes into.

    Good Luck!
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  6. mattbirk

    mattbirk Well-Known Member

    Mine also does this, not quite once a week...but close. Takes a reboot for it to work again.

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